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A group which identifies itself as the Save Nigeria Movement (SNM) has sent a warning to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to shun all forms of violence which has resulted in killings in the South–East.
In a statement by Rev. Solomon Semaka who is the Convener, Save Nigeria Movement, the group noted that if IPOB was sincere in ending the needless insecurity in the South-East region, they should embrace peace and end all forms of hostilities.
It urged the separatist group to stop threatening citizens and blackmailing the Federal Government with more violence and expecting that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu will be released for peace to reign in the South-East region.
It admonished IPOB as well as other stakeholders to eschew violence and come to terms with the reality of the prosecution of their leader, Kanu.
The statement reads: “Our position remains the same, Nnamdi Kanu should remain in custody while far reaching consultations, investigations and the continuation of ongoing campaigns until a sustainable solution is found that will restore the peace and tranquility of the region. This is our position and that of average well meaning Easterners.
‘If IPOB is sincere in ending the needless insecurity in the South-East region, they should embrace peace and end all forms of hostilities. All that concerns us is for peace to return to the region and nothing more.’
The group urged the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas to caution the House Ad-hoc Committee Chairman on Insecurity Abia state, Obinna Aguocha, ‘over his unpatriotic calls for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu as it amounted to interference with court processes and against the already existing position of the House.’
“It is rather pathetic that IPOB wants to blackmail legitimate stakeholders like Save Nigeria Movement because they do not represent their evil interests. Is IPOB saying Hon. Obinna Aguocha and his cohorts are the only stakeholder that has spoken since Nnamdi Kanu started the crisis in the region? How come it is only his unpatriotic utterance with the intent to undermine national security that they have deemed fit to heed?.
“We appreciate the urgency for political survival but the lives of the people matter more, Hon Obinna Aguocha and his cohorts should not prioritise their political survival more than the stability of the region and the nation,” the statement added.